Clair Mellenthin visited Fresh Living to talk about what you should do in that situation. She says it’s important to trust yourself as a parent, and when you are needing advice, seek out information from trusted sources.
5 Way to Deal With “Advice”
Smile, and say “Thank you” then walk away (and then choose to either toss it to the wind or think about it later)
Ask how this advice has worked with their own child
You have permission to just say, “You know, its a bad day today” and not justify your or your child’s behaviors to others
Say “Parenting is a tough job some days. Its lucky I love this little guy”
Set a boundary- if someone is overstepping their role in your or your child’s life, it is okay to set a limit and tell them no (wait! This is parenting right?!)
For many parents, the beginning of the school year not only brings a sigh of relief, but also a feeling of panic with the emergence of the endless school supply lists, homework, and trying to get not just to bed on time but to school! For many children and teens however, the first few weeks of school are not just a struggle because they are mourning the lazy days of summer. Many kids experience anxiety and really struggle adjusting, especially if it is one of the “firsts” – 1st grade, the start of junior high, high school, and the senior year. These are major milestones as well as rites of passage for kids growing up into adulthood, with many hurdles and the unknown of what to expect. Click on the link below to watch this segment for tips for parents on how to move through these first few weeks smoothly as we calm the Back To School Jitters.
The mommy wars seem to be exploding on social media these days. Women judging and criticizing each other and choices to work or stay at home. Clair Mellenthin and the Fresh Living team discuss ending the Mommy Wars.
Clair appeared on KUTV’s Fresh Living to offer her tips for winning the bedtime battle. As parents, we have all had our kids up and out of bed repeatedly with any excuse to avoid going to sleep. Clair recommends four things that can help calm your evening schedule.